Being a media source is an important way for ASHA members to volunteer, creating a positive impact on everyone involved—themselves, the professions, and the public. ASHA looks to members to help raise awareness of communication disorders at the grassroots level.
Many successful media sources who volunteer have no prior experience. It helps that ASHA members, by the very nature of their work, are good communicators. Most find that media interviews come very naturally to them.
Interested? Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line, "Media Source." Provide your name, credentials, location, and any specific areas of expertise.
ASHA may contact volunteers when we learn of local media opportunities. However, ASHA members are encouraged to engage in their own outreach. ASHA’s public relations staff provides guidance on both fronts.
If you'd like tips about conducting your own grassroots outreach—writing a Letter to the Editor or an article for your local newspaper, or pitching a television segment—read the bi-monthly online column "Spreading the Word" in The ASHA Leader.
Volunteering as a media source for ASHA offers two levels of benefits:
ASHA honors members who have engaged in exceptional media work with its “Media Outreach Champion” awards. Media champions are recognized at the ASHA Convention each November.
Find out how media outreach champions became involved in media work, as well as what their experiences have been like: